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Lamar Jackson 'Has a Chance' to Play for Ravens vs. Packers Despite Ankle Injury

Erin WalshDecember 17, 2021

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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson could play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers despite not practicing this week because of a sprained ankle, head coach John Harbaugh told reporters after Friday's practice.

"I'd say he has a chance [of playing Sunday]," Harbaugh said. "It's just one of those things where it's an ankle sprain where if he starts feeling good and we'll check him out prior to pregame ... and we'll see where we're at. But if not, we've got Tyler [Huntley] and he'll be ready to go also."

Harbaugh added that Jackson's ankle ailment is nothing major. He suffered the injury in the second quarter of Sunday's loss to Cleveland when a Browns defender dove at his lower right leg following a pass. 

The 24-year-old has never missed a game because of injury in his NFL career. However, he has missed three games, two because of COVID-19 and one in 2019 when he sat out the season finale to get some rest before the playoffs.

Jackson has been listed as questionable on the injury report an additional three times this season. He had an illness in Week 3, back soreness in Week 4 and an illness in Week 11. 

If Jackson is unable to play on Sunday, Tyler Huntley would be in line to start. The 23-year-old has appeared in six total games over the last two seasons and started a Week 11 win over the Chicago Bears. He completed 26-of-36 passes for 219 yards and one interception in that game and also rushed for 40 yards. 

Jackson is having another impressive season for the Ravens, though he could be better. In 12 games, he's 7-5 with a 64.4 completion percentage, 2,882 passing yards and 16 touchdowns against a career-high 13 interceptions. He's also rushed for 767 yards and two scores. 

The Ravens are undoubtedly better with Jackson under center, though there are questions about whether the team can succeed in the playoffs this season competing against teams like the Kansas City Chiefs (10-4) and Los Angeles Chargers (8-6) in the AFC. 

The Ravens also face four challenging opponents in the Packers (10-3), Cincinnati Bengals (7-6), Los Angeles Rams (9-4) and Pittsburgh Steelers (6-6-1) to close out the regular season. If they want to make the playoffs, they'll need to hold off their division foes behind a healthy Jackson. 

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